It’s becoming clear that presidential races—once a visibility battle between candidates—have largely turned into a race between wealthy donors to see who can spend the most money without attracting the ire of the FEC. Candidates, meanwhile, have become show ponies who focus more on their supporters’ wallets than the issues facing the country. For an example, look no further than the wink-and-nod behavior of former Governor Jeb Bush, who staunchly refuses to announce a presidential campaign despite all evidence to the contrary. The reason for this elaborate tease is a loophole in campaign finance law which allows candidates to raise unlimited funds through super PACS without disclosing who’s behind the donations. Accordingly, Jeb Bush is incentivized not to announce his candidacy until the last possible moment, because as soon as he does so his super PAC can no longer coordinate directly with his campaign. It’s not just Jeb Bush either: Hillary Clinton—who has herself criticized Citizens United—is expecting to raise a combined $2.5 billion for this election, which is more than all the candidates in the 2012 election spent combined. As a result of such massive sums on both sides, the role of the war chest in election campaigns has drastically increased. Candidates are learning rather quickly that shaking it for dollar bills is a better strategy than actual policy debates, and it is not out of the question that the “Jeb Bush Shuffle” might become the new normal.

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